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The China Syndrome

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A middle-aged man, dealing badly with his Oklahoma parents’ refusal to attend his recent same-sex marriage, sets off on a cross-country journey in search of vintage Fiestaware. The colorful ceramic dishes, all the rage in the ’30s and ’40s, have now become kitsch collectibles, and our man is obsessed by them. Stephen Tomlinson’s one-man comedy American Fiesta, an off-Broadway hit in 2007, is also a quest for hope and acceptance. Along the way, he muses on the meaning of family and community, the fracturing of American politics and civic life, and the significance of eBay in today’s consumer culture.

The production playing at CityStage this weekend stars Emmy winner and storyteller John McGivern, who portrays some 20 characters on the Fiestaware odyssey. Critics have called the show “thoughtful, timely and entertaining” and dubbed McGivern’s performance “endlessly charming.”

Oct. 26, CityStage, 1 Columbus Center, Springfield, $30-$39.50. (413) 788-7033, citystage.symphonyhall.com.

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